The series on the repeat offender program supported by AB 109 funds (“How SLO County helps low-level offenders transition back into their lives,” Dec. 13) was excellent and should win an award. Kudos to Matt Fountain.
Many of us in the community wish the “happiest place” didn’t have the problems these offenders represent, but clearly many are getting the help they need. John Stafford’s story is really encouraging, especially because he fell so far from grace (being a former sheriff’s deputy), which many of us cannot fathom happening. But happen it does.
Alcoholism and drug addiction are epidemic in our society. My mother was a closet drinker and were it not for a loving and protective husband might have ended up on the streets.
If you can’t “hold it,” it’s best just not to imbibe, period. There’s no shame in that.
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I was really impressed with the list of services being offered. I once did job counseling for the homeless, and that is a crucial component of a repeat offender program, along with some kind of transitional housing such as the sober living facilities.
People in the community should not be afraid to interact with those who seem to be sincerely trying to better themselves. What is the alternative? More fear and crime in the streets.
We should remind ourselves during this holiday period that we are our brother’s (and sister’s) keepers and ultimately may be judged by what we do to help others.
So start now.
William L. Seavey, Cambria